Pay Attention to DetailsGary Ryan Blair
If you long to accomplish great and noble tasks, you first must learn to approach
task as though it were great and noble. Even the grandest projectdepends on the success of the smallest components.The popular philosophy that instructs us not to “sweat the small stuff” is flawed,because it breeds poor customer service, under-performance, wastedopportunity, mistakes, inconsistencies, rework, and oversights.From typos to tardiness, many people and organizations act as if details justdon’t matter much. The result of this mindset is that they treat customers poorly,deliver sloppy results, and show up both unprepared and late.Many people downplay small details, dismissing them as minutia—the “smallstuff” that we’re encouraged to ignore. But in fact, our entire environment issimply an accumulation of tiny details. Although we measure our lives in years,we live them in days, hours, minutes and seconds.Every action—every detail of our lives--has bottom-line repercussions; and it’sdangerous and derogatory to think of any of those details as trivial, unimportantor inconsequential.Successful people, in many walks of life, understand the importance ofdetail:
Crime scene investigators know that it's often the smallest, most obscuredetail that results in the arrest and prosecution of criminals.
Athletes and coaches are all too aware that one minor misjudgment canswing momentum to their competitor and result in a loss rather than a win.
Doctors and nurses understand that the slightest mistake or loss of focuscan result in a tragic situation that carries massive liability.